My Hair is Falling Out, is it Menopause?

September 21, 2012 − by BodyScience Medical − in BHRT, Blog, Menopause − 7 Comments

I’ve been there; taking a shower and brushing my hair with my fingers, then looking down at my hand and seen an unhealthy amount of hairs and thinking “oh my God, I’m going bald”. If you’re approaching menopause or in menopause, then there is a good chance that you will experience hair loss to some degree.

A big contributing factor for hair loss during menopause can be an increase in androgens (such as testosterone) and less estrogen levels. According to the Mayo Clinic, hair follicles are affected by hormonal changes in menopause; these changes shorten their growth phase and can create a thinner and shorter hair shaft. Much like it occurs in men[1].

As we approach menopause, our Testosterone levels increase while our estrogen level does the opposite. This shift is a problem because the imbalance can cause hair loss. Also, since testosterone gives us ‘manly’ features such as body hair, an increase of it can also cause hair to grow in unusual and unwanted places; such as your face.

There are various treatment options available depending on the root cause of female hair thinning or hair loss:

Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

The main reason behind a woman’s hair loss or thinning is usually a hormonal imbalance. At menopause, a woman’s ovaries produce significantly less estrogen and progesterone and no longer release eggs. A woman is considered to have reached menopause when she has not had a menstrual period for 1 year. It’s at this time that women enter post-menopause, a phase in life that not only affects hair growth but it also increases the risk for heart disease, breast cancer and osteoporosis.

A comprehensive assessment of your hormonal levels should tell you if you’re missing/producing too much of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid hormones, DHEA and cortisol. Restoring the natural androgen to estrogen ratio can stop hair loss and hair thinning as well as ridding you of other pesky menopausal symptoms.

Create a stress-free environment

Stress-induced hair loss is known as alopecia areata; white blood cells attack hair follicles causing hair to fall out within weeks (usually in patches)[2].  Major surgery severe infections or chronic illnesses can stress out your system resulting in hair loss.

Going through menopause can affect your hormone levels and cause hair loss, adding stress to the equation can aggravate the problem. Consider meditation, naps, yoga, and avoid stressful situations!

Better Nutrition

Since the problem with unwanted hair growth and hair loss can come from an increase in the ratio of androgen to estrogen, changing your diet to help rebalance your hormones should be part of your treatment. Avoid foods high in sugars and carbohydrates; increase your intake of lean protein and fiber. Exercise alongside better nutrition can help your body work properly and produce normal levels of both androgen and estrogen.

 

Have you noticed your hair is thinner, weaker now? Are you going through Menopause? Let us know, we can help



[1] http://www.livestrong.com/article/107643-hair-loss-women-due-menopause/
[2] http://stress.about.com/od/otherconditions/a/22707hair_loss.htm

7 Comments

  1. iam menopausal ands my hair is thinning and im also under alot of stress i usually have a thick head of hair and now it is thinning it shocks me and scares me i have never had thin hair it has always been really too thick what can i do to stop this process iam concerned thank you viola

    • BodyScience Medical
      November 29, 2012 9:31 am

      Hi Viola

      Menopause certainly brings a lot of changes in women, including hair loss and thinning. You mentioned stress, did the hair thinning start around the same time your stress levels went up? Changes in hormone levels and increased stress, both physical and emotional, can induce hair loss. Try adding some Omega-3 fatty acids and iron to your diet to help promote thicker hair growth. Omega-3s can be found in salmon, and other cold-water fish and iron-rich proteins include oysters, shrimps, eggs, lentils, tofu. If you don’t think stress is directly related to the problem I would suggest you see a doctor to see if hormonal imbalances could be behind it.
      Also, has your skin become dryer now that you’re menopausal? Menopasual women tend to experience dry skin and a dry scalp can lead to hair breakage. Drink plenty of water and try a moisturizing conditioner made for dry hair.
      Hope this helps! Please keep us updated!

  2. vanessaelizebeth
    February 7, 2013 7:56 am

    Harmonic changes is also one of the reasons for hair falling.The first thing to be keep in mind is that never stress your scalp.

  3. hi, about 10 years ago one of my daughter’s perdiod cycles was longer then its normal , she saw a Dr , he has told her that she has a very small cyst and he gave her some harmonic medicine which we still don’t know what the heck was it ‘it wasnt birth control pills ‘ she has took te medicin for a week and she has noticed her hair falling down like crazy. when she was taking shower it was falling lot , she use to have very strong and thick hair and never had any problem with her hair before that. after less then 6 months she has lost almost 80% of her hair.she was 17 years old. Now after 10 years she still have this problem and even her hair is so thin now. what was that medicin? can she has her hair back?

    • BodyScience Medical
      May 23, 2013 9:23 am

      Hi Parv,
      It’s very hard to know what exactly caused your daughter’s hair loss without being more familiar with her case (medicines, illnesses, blood work results, etc) and so I would suggest you find out what was in that medicine and get a second opinion from a Doctor to find out the real reasons behind her hair loss.

  4. My hair has gotten so thin and I do not know why. I am 50 and I have a history of breast cancer with radiation treatment only after a lumpectomy. I am post menopause. Is there anyway that I can get my hair to grow back? My scalp looks like the follicle holes are gone in some places. Can I take Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy? If not, what can I do?